7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Prediction: I sense a backlash at Bridgend from Wasps, for whom Robert Howley returns to the place where it all started for him, but the rumours of a merger with Cardiff clearly fuelled the Warriors' players - they had their livelihoods at the front of their minds - and I think they can do it again, although this is the hardest call of the week.
Northampton Saints will probably win at The Borders. The Saints had too much for the Scots at Franklin's Gardens last week despite blowing a few chances. but it would be great for the tournament if Doddie Weir and co could pull off an upset.
Some viewers have e-mailed in suggesting that The Borders don't deserve to be in the event but I believe their place should not be in question as it provides a vehicle for the development of rugby throughout Europe.
Prediction: Borders will give Northampton a run for their money but I go for an English win.
I expect the Neath/Swansea Ospreys to be much better at home than they were in the south of France against Toulouse, although the champions are starting to get going and have a massive incentive in their pursuit of Edinburgh for leadership of Pool 2.
They put themselves behind the eight ball in losing their first game at Meadowbank and must win in South Wales.
Prediction: Toulouse to do it but it will be a lot closer than last week.